“disaffected republican” was on early release licence

When I noted the appearence in court of “disaffected republican” Seamus Francis Mullan on 15 December – on charges of money laundering in relation to illegal cigarettes and defrauding Social Services and the Housing Executive out of £20,000 – while also noting the previous appearance of his name on one or two lists, it wasn’t entirely clear whether his release in 1998 was under the terms of an early release licence. Today the BBC report confirms that it was – the Secretary of State for Wales, etc, Peter Hain, has revoked Seamus Mullan’s early release licence.[nothing on the NIO site yet] Adds The PA report has a quote from the NI Prison Service

From the PA report

A spokesman for the Northern Ireland Prison Service said:

“In making his decision the Secretary of State took account of information from the police service of Northern Ireland indicating Mr Mullan`s involvement with a specified organisation.

“The Secretary of State believes that Mr Mullan is in breach of his licence and remains a real danger to the public.”

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  • seabhac siulach

    What exactly is the difference between a ‘disaffected republican’ and a ‘dissident’…is this the new constructively ambiguous term for a Provo who is still affiliated (for want of a better word) with the ‘military’ structure of that organisation but who has decided to earn some extra money on the side? What is he disaffected with exactly, his relative poverty, hence the fraud and money laundering, or is it, perhaps, the political direction of the Provo movement?
    Why the need for this level of subtlety in naming him…disaffected vs. dissident? Is it to lessen the embarrassment for the Provo Sinn Fein leadership, by distancing him from their group? We should be told!!

  • GavBelfast

    At least it was only illegal cigarettes – had it been detergent, fake Dettol or the like, he might have been a disinfected republican.

    And with that, good night all.

  • Pete Baker

    seabhac siulach

    “Why the need for this level of subtlety in naming him…disaffected vs. dissident? Is it to lessen the embarrassment for the Provo Sinn Fein leadership, by distancing him from their group? We should be told!! ”

    We should indeed.. although I can’t help being reminded of the previous examples of the “good”, and the not so good, UDA.. and how that approach impacts on the future for society here

  • brown

    Is it a bit like Bertie signing cheques for Charlie Haughey.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,,1975721,00.html

  • Pete Baker

    brown

    Try here

    or, indeed, here

    and that’s the last time I advise people to read beyond the first post on the page..

    *shakes head*

    ANYway.. back to the actual topic..

  • parcifal

    it does make you wonder how many “disaffected” republicans are against the PSNI, not for political reasons, but because they’ve got alot of dubious goods hidden in the loft; and/or forged housing benefit cheques and giros.
    Its laughable.

  • darth rumsfeld

    let’s see the graffiti throughout Belfast and the big poster on the Glenshane Pass calling for this republican’s release, like there was for Sean Kelly… or then again maybe not